So, how are everyone's seedlings doing?
I'm a bit annoyed with myself because some of my beautiful seedlings are looking a bit tattered after some sunburns and frost burns -- yeah both have happened. These are cold weather early spring crops, but the weather is NOT cooperating to plant them out.
The damage happened because I haven't micromanaged them sufficiently. We've had plunges down to LOW 20's. Even this evening around 8:30-9PM, I looked at the remote sensor base station for the patio and it said 26Â°F
Quick bring the cauliflower and the still new to hardening young seedlings back in! They were in covered containers but I know they won't last the night out there. The condensation inside the cauliflower container had already frozen
I took the two containers in the garage and then realized I'd forgotten to take the broccoli tray outside today and they'd spent the entire day in the rather dim part of the garage....
I have a large clear storage tote out there with a bunch of cabbage, Swiss chard, spinach... ETC. seedlings. Other than clamping the lid shut when in the 20's and opening to offset or entirely depending on the weather, I have been leaving them to survive... And they have.
The four cabbage seedlings planted in the patio windowbox looked frost burned this morning, but alive. I put hot caps (cut off bottle and jug top) on three of them and left one uncovered to see if that would make a difference. (The soilmix in the windowboxes were frozen this morning....)